Feel gorgeous again with cosmetic acupuncture.
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- What is cosmetic acupuncture?
- What results can I expect?
- How does it work?
- Are treatments painful?
- Why should I choose this over other treatments?
- What’s involved in a course of treatment?
- Treatment menu
What is cosmetic acupuncture?
Cosmetic acupuncture is a revolutionary way of treating the body and it’s beauty as one whole entity. The ancient Chinese were clever at discerning health issues which were manifesting as disharmony on the face; deep lines, discoloration, sagging, acne and dryness. These problems were seen as health related and best treated with a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary therapy, exercises and meditation. When the body was re-balanced to the best of the physician’s ability, then beauty and health again radiated from the face.
The Chinese medicine Doctors at Qi Medicine use these very same ancient techniques to diagnose and treat beauty and health concerns. Our specialised treatments serve to nourish the very core of the body by building health, balancing emotions and promoting healing.
Why would you choose this over another anti-ageing therapy?
Do you feel that there is a deeper connection between how you look day to day and your emotional state? Do you wish you could do more about your internal health but feel overwhelmed with what is the right thing to do? Do you resent the fact that it seems that Botox and injections are touted as the go-to anti-ageing solutions out there? (read my article on facial rejuvenation versus Botox here). If this is you then Qi Medicine may have the answer.
Cosmetic acupuncture is founded in holistic medicine. It will always consider your underlying health; gut issues, long-standing stress, hormonal imbalances leading to chronic acne. The goal of your treatment is to heal, repair and cleanse tissues from the inside out, treating existing damage and lines with non-invasive, micro acupuncture on the face.
Recommended for women who:
- Are struggling with their skin during menopause or post-menopause
- Have (or feel they have) a thyroid issue leading to chronic skin issues such as dryness
- Have chronic, cystic acne or old acne scarring that just won’t budge
- Have PMS, mood swings or gut issues and skin that misbehaves throughout their cycle
- Have had children and found their skin never really ‘bounced back’
- Suffer from chronic stress and feel it is really showing on their face
- Suffer with pigmentation that doesn’t clear no matter what they try
- Have chronically dry and dull skin
- Feel their skin is wrinkling and sagging prematurely
- Have darkness and puffiness under the eyes that never seems to go
What results can you expect?
These pictures were taken in the Qi Medicine clinic, by our very own Dr Sheena, of real clients, and have not been changed or altered in any way.
Whilst all care is taken to show fair, even and realistic outcomes, sessions will not erase all signs of ageing and is by no means a ‘miracle’ cure. In the best cases treatment may help you look and feel rejuvenated, but no promises or guarantees can be made as to your individual outcomes.
Facial rejuvenation acupuncture before and after photos taken in the Qi Medicine clinic:
Here are some untouched photographs of a Qi Medicine client. The left is before treatment and the right is after six sessions. This is a good example of how treatment can tone and lift jowls, and improve the overall skin tone.
After six sessions
Before facial rejuvenation jawline and jowls
After eight sessions
The below before and after photos were taken for the treatment of scarring on the chin from dermabrasion, and puffiness around the cheek area.
Sessions may help achieve the following results:
- May minimise fine lines and deeper wrinkles
- May help to balance hormones and treat hormonal acne, dryness, large pores and oily skin
- May help minimise acne scarring and any other scars on the body
- May lead to improvements in the tone and colour of skin
- May help treat hyper-pigmentation, melasma, rosacea and redness
- May help improve the appearance of acne scarring
- May help stimulate collagen and elastin production for firmer, smoother skin
- May help reduce bags and drooping skin around eyes
- May help reduce the appearance of jowls and sagging around neck and mouth
- Addresses other health issues such as stress, fatigue, insomnia and muscle pain
How does it work?
Our treatment works on several levels in the system, both internal and external, making it among the most natural anti-ageing treatments available. It stimulates the small muscles and tendons in the face to help improve muscle tone. There are 43 muscles in the face and every one of them benefit from a relaxing treatment to help them unwind (just like any other muscle in the body!).
Treating facial muscles can have a profound effect on deep lines and folds in the skin – such as those found around the mouth and between the eyes- as it is the underlying muscles that are primarily responsible for deep facial lines in the first place.
Sessions may help clear acne breakouts through balancing hormones with traditional acupuncture (more on hormonal acne here)). If you have especially difficult acne and are suffering a large breakout we will combine therapy with the use of traditional Chinese herbal medicine to help clear the problem from the inside out.
If you have ever found that your skin goes up and down with your cycle, gets worse with stress or plays up when your thyroid is out of balance then sessions may help bring you gently back into a state of balance. Qi Medicine pays special attention to hormone imbalances and women’s health.
About skin needling
What set’s Qi Medicine apart from other cosmetic acupuncturists is the inclusion of skin needling. When combined with skin needling your treatment may also encourage collagen and elastin production in the skin (which as we know is great for anti-aging!)
Skin needling creates very fine micro tears in the deeper layers of the skin. These tears initiate a healing response with the immune system encouraging the laying down of fresh collagen and elastin fibres and the removal of old dead cells.
As the skin heals it forms stronger bonds between cells which can lead to firmer skin. This may diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, help improve acne scarring, rosacea, redness, pigmentation and melasma plus improve drooping and dull skin.
Skin needling is not painful (just a slight prickly feeling) and does not bleed. You will be able to walk out of your session and get on with your day without worrying about having a red face! Unlike Botox which simply paralyses the muscles, skin needling promotes healing from within for lasting results.
How many sessions will I need?
Healing does take time- but we promise you will relish each and every session. At Qi Medicine we make every treatment a nourishing experience, addressing any stress, fatigue and pain you may have accumulated through the week.
For treatments involving skin needling, a minimum of 10-12 weekly sessions would usually be recommended to achieve noticeable results. For traditional cosmetic acupuncture, a minimum of 10-15 consecutive sessions is recommended to see visible results.
Are treatments painful?
Overall, sessions are far less painful than injections, chemical peels and laser resurfacing. The body acupuncture is often felt as a dull ache; however, not an unpleasant sensation. For the needle phobic, the body acupuncture may be skipped upon request.
Skin needling usually creates a prickling sensation as it is rolled over the face. It is a very quick procedure and all care will be taken to avoid any discomfort during the session. During skin needling only 0.5mm rollers are used, no anaesthetic cream is needed and minimal bleeding will occur.
There is no current evidence that suggests skin needling with a long needle (longer than the .5mm used at Qi Medicine) produces better results, so always think carefully about undergoing a ‘medical needling’ session offered by other salons or clinics. These sessions are often performed with a general or local anaesthetic, substantial bleeding, lengthy downtime and often carry a much higher price tag as an anaesthetist is usually employed.
Why should I choose this over other cosmetic treatments?
There are several very good reasons why Qi Medicine should be your first choice:
Performed by a fully qualified and registered Doctor of Chinese medicine in a clinical setting.
- Acupuncture may be claimed on your private health insurance.
All natural- will first do no harm and has minimal side effects.
Utilises the body’s own natural healing properties for rejuvenation.
Natural results, no fake expressions or risk of paralysis.
May lead to improvements in health and well-being as each treatment is based on Chinese medicine principles to balance the Qi (energy) of the body and mind.
Can address underlying issues such as stress, anxiety, sleeping problems, poor energy and digestive issues.
May help relieve tension in the neck, shoulders and address headaches and migraines.
What does each session involve?
A session will involve an initial health assessment, a discussion about which areas you would like to target and what outcomes we can expect. Following this, you will get to relax under warm, fluffy towels in a calming environment.
The initial skin needling lasts for about 10 minutes whereby a single, sterile dermal roller will be used on the face to help promote collagen and elastin production. This will be followed by a gentle, painless facial acupuncture session to further address health and cosmetic concerns.
After the initial acupuncture and skin needling treatment, you will enjoy a jade stone facial treatment using organic anti-aging serum, to further tone and relax the muscles in the face. To round off your session you will receive a soothing neck and head reflexology massage.
Sessions will address energy blockages throughout the system leaving you feeling refreshed and revitalised with a heightened sense of well-being, certainly the best part of a treatment!
Each session is cumulative and will build on the last. You may detect small changes after the first treatment and may notice improvements after several treatments.
To achieve the best results, an initial treatment plan for at least 10 sessions are needed. The number and frequency of visits (weekly/ fortnightly) can be arranged according to your individual circumstances. After the initial course of treatment, a monthly tune-up may be necessary to maintain results.
Cautions of treatment
If you are experiencing any of the following, you are generally not advised to undergo treatment. Contact the clinic if you are unsure about your individual circumstances.
- Broken skin, scabs, wounds, blisters, cold sores, acne spots (active), rashes
- Bruised skin
- Contagious skin problems
- Skin cancers
- Pregnant women
- Haemophiliac or other bleeding disorders
- Straight after microdermabrasion or laser resurfacing
- Allergy to nickel (alternatives available)
All introductory/ initial sessions are $167 (90 minutes. Includes full health and skin assessment plus an initial treatment.)
For a full price list visit our pricing page here
Where do I start?
To discuss an individual treatment plan during your free phone consultation, please call or email the clinic directly.
Phone the clinic on (03) 8394 7665 or email > to book your treatment today.
The clinic is located at The Brain and Body Center, 356-362 Ascot Vale Rd, Moonee Ponds, in the North Western suburbs of Melbourne and close to Highpoint. Qi Medicine is minutes away from Ascot Vale, Maribyrnong, Essendon and just 10 km from Melbourne city.